PFF Preview: Dolphins @ Raiders, Week 4
Traveling to London for their Week 4 matchup, the Raiders and Dolphins are both hungry for a win. Oakland is still looking for their first after falling short against the Patriots last week, and Miami needs to calm the storm that consecutive losses and a homemade QB controversy have created.
A matchup with potential to heavily impact the game will be Miami’s star pass rusher, Cameron Wake, going up against a Raider unit that has managed to keep their young quarterback clean. Oakland’s pair of offensive tackles, Donald Penn and Khalif Barnes, has yet to allow a sack on a combined 222 passing snaps while Wake has notched a pair to go along with his four QB hits and eight hurries.
All of Wake’s rushes have come from the left side (as did 93% last year and 89% the year before), so it’s a safe bet that Barnes will draw the task of keeping him quiet. Up against Wake’s league-leading pass-rushing grade of +11.8, Barnes carries a near-midline pass blocking grade of -0.5 and has allowed three hits and three hurries on the year. 2013’s pass-blocking champ among running backs, Maurice Jones-Drew, is expected back this week and it would be no surprise to see him helping out to Wake’s side often.
Earl Mitchell – The Dolphin defensive tackle is fifth at his position in Run Stop Percentage with nine stops on 59 run snaps for a mark of 15.3%.
Mike Wallace – His 2.11 Yards Per Route Run is 23rd among wide receivers but is up from the 1.44 (56th) he finished with in 2013.
Jelani Jenkins – The 14 run stops Jenkins has collected is the second-best total among 4-3 OLBs, behind Tampa’s Lavonte David and tied with Detroit’s DeAndre Levy.
Charles Woodson – His +5.1 overall grade has him sitting in the fifth spot overall for safeties; his coverage and run defense marks are both in the Top 10.
Derek Carr – One of two QBs with at least 100 drop-backs to have taken just two sacks with Peyton Manning being the other. Carr has been pressured on 37.5% of his drop-backs (42 of 112) compared to Manning’s 22.1% (25 of 113).
Antonio Smith and Justin Tuck – With marks of 8.8 (Smith) and 7.9 (Tuck), both are among the Top 12 for 3-4 defensive ends in Pass Rushing Productivity and have combined for 14 total pressures.
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